Community leaders in Edmundston emerged from a discussion about the Atlantica trade corridor slightly more reassured on Thursday.

“We worried the idea of an East-West highway would be a major element for them, but it didn’t seem to be,” said Paul Gagnon, general manager of the Edmundston Region Chamber of Commerce.

He was among those who spoke with Brian Lee Crowley of Halifax via videoconference on Thursday. Mr. Crowley, president and founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, addressed the group in French.

“We were pleased to see they weren’t putting the Trans-Canada by the wayside,” Mr. Gagnon said.

“From what we heard today, the existing road system is part of the plan and considered indispensable.”

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